Start:Kos 853 00, Greece
For over 20 years, the Rodos Cup regatta has been held by the Rhodes Yacht Club. It began as a «family» regatta of 12 crews, and now more than 100 teams take part in it every year. This race is very exciting because of the large number of crews. You can check the level of your team and evaluate your qualities as a yachtsman, competing with many other crews from different countries. The level of your preparation is not important! You can learn the basics of yachting under the guidance of an experienced skipper.
The regatta attracts not only with the competitive races and high-class rivals but also with the beautiful route. The race traditionally starts on the island of Kos and finishes on Rhodes. Yachts pass along the most beautiful islands of the Dodecanese archipelago — Kos, Kalymnos, Nisiris, Symi, Rhodes.
The program, in addition to racing, includes dinners at coastal restaurants, parties, and one day of relaxation with an excursion, during which you can see the sights, buy souvenirs or simply sunbathe on the magnificent beach. The final award ceremony of the Rodos Cup takes place at the Rhodes casino.
Vacations in Greece are always a good idea, and competitions in one of the best water areas in the world will be at the top of the list of your favorite yachting races.
The start of the regatta on the island of Kos, Kos Marina.
We will start at the island of Kos
It is not by accident that the island of Kos is called the "Garden of the Aegean Sea". The nature and landscapes here are very diverse. Here you will find Mediterranean seals, pink flamingos and even Caretta-Caretta turtles, which are listed in the Red Book of Endangered Species. Kos also has many historical monuments and clean beaches.
In addition to relaxing on the beach, tourists can also visit historical sites. For example, Asclepeion is a temple complex, which consists of three terraces descending along the slopes of the mountains. They are connected by a staircase. They say that Hippocrates himself studied at the school of medicine at this temple. There is also the Hippocrates Museum in Kos.
There are also mosques on the island which were left from the years spent under the Turkish rule. The Defterdar Mosque and the 18th-century Haji Hassan Mosque were preserved in the island's capital.
The beaches here are diverse - pebble and sandy, with white, gold and black sand.
1st race: Kos – Tilos
2nd race: Tilos – Nisyros
We will sail to Nisyros and spend the whole day there tomorrow
Freeday in Nisyros
Nisyros Island was formed from a volcano that last erupted 7 centuries ago. But the volcano is considered active but sleeping. The administrative center of the island is the city of Mandaki. Here, apart from churches and museums, there are ruins of the ancient city of Nisyros. And of course, tourists come here to see the volcano, and swim on the volcanic beaches.
3rd race: Nisyros – Symi
The island of Symi is famous for the craftsmen who build luxury yachts and create altars for churches. Symi has over 200 churches and cathedrals. The island also attracts beach lovers with a well-developed infrastructure.
4th race: Symi – Rhodes
The island of Rhodes is rich in archaeological artifacts, which make the island of great value not only for Greece, but also for the whole world. Rhodes also has stunning nature - lush trees, beautiful bays, and unusual plants.
The capital of the island is the city of Rhodes. The medieval city is surrounded by ancient walls. In ancient times, Rhodes was called the "island of the knights." Many streets have retained their medieval appearance. Here you will find the Palace of the Grand Masters of the Order of St. John with expensive furniture and interior items from different eras.
Other cities of the island are modern resorts with an active nightlife and modern infrastructure.
Another wonderful place in Rhodes is the Valley of the Butterflies. The Petaloudes Valley is located southeast of the Theogolos Peninsula. Besides the fact that the valley itself is beautiful with waterfalls, streams and emerald greenery, it was also chosen by butterflies, which fly upward as a person comes closer. This is a truly spectacular sight!
The regatta starts on the island of Kos, goes along the islands of Kalymnos, Nisiris and Symi and finishes on the island of Rhodes. * The schedule is approximate
Yes, of course. There will be an experienced skipper and team members on the yacht. They will give you a role and teach you everything you need to know to be a useful team member and feel comfortable.
Yes, all team members will definitely try themselves in different roles to better understand each other. Standing at the helm is an integral part of training for beginners as well as setting sails, and helping the team during moorings.
As a rule, participants in the regatta live on the yacht. The boat has everything you need for a comfortable stay: nice beds, a kitchen, a shower with toilet. If you do not want to live on a yacht, then you can arrange to stay at the hotel onshore.
The crew decides altogether what kind of food they prefer to eat and makes necessary purchases. Simple dishes can be cooked, usually taking turns. Some regattas offer daily meals and intensive evening program for all crews.
We can make an invitation for a visa, but you need to apply for a visa by yourself.
Most people tolerate some seasickness easily. If you feel that you are starting to feel sick, it is best to get at the steering wheel or tune the sails. Get yourself busy, show your body that you don’t have time to get sick, you have to fight for victory in the race. There are also many quite effective medicines from sickness. If you start taking them in advance, then the probability of seasickness is almost zero.
Before each trip, we organize an online meeting where participants get to know each other and the captain. The captain will answer all your questions. The crew will have a group chat so you can get to know each other before the start of the regatta. Then you will meet in the marina.
The main rule is to dress comfortably and according to the weather. Clothing: • windbreaker and pants or shorts; • shirt/jacket with UV protection (thermal underwear and fleece); • adjustable hat/cap; • gloves. We recommend to purchase a long-sleeved jacket with UV protection in order to protect yourself from the sun and strong wind. Yachting shoes should be: • light, with non-slip white outsole; • with the fixed heel; • with a tightly closed nose. During the sailing without shoes, you can fall or injure your fingers and feet on the deck. There are many protruding parts on the boat that are easy to catch. Unfortunately, even experienced sailors are not protected from unpleasant injuries when they ignore this simple rule.